Saint Patrick’s Day Traditions

I’m twenty five percent Irish and absolutely love this holiday!! Up until this point I never knew the true meaning and reason behind Saint Patrick’s day. I just always associated green, luck and Leprechauns with it. So I decided why not do a little research to see what it’s all about.

St. Patrick was one of Irelands Patron Saints who ministered Christianity in the 5th Century. We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all over the world to recognize him.

How Do You Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day?

Now in case you didn’t know you do not have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Why you may ask? Simply because everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! So make sure this March 17th you wear your green loud and proud.

I’m 25% Irish so we always made sure to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. My nanny, my dads mother, was 100% Irish and she was so kind and sweet and loving. She also made it known to everyone that good things happened because we are Irish and have that luck of the Irish! and of course just like her my favorite colors green! Each year she would make our families fresh Irish Soda Bread. It’s also so easy to make. After she passed I decided to continue that tradition. Now I make her Irish soda bread recipe every year for my family… my boyfriends family… his sisters family and anyone else who wants it!! This bread is great as breakfast especially paired with a nice cup of hot tea! Perfect way to start this lucky day.

My mom also makes the infamous corn beef and cabbage with potatoes for dinner. It’s so good. We only have it once a year on this day. Makes me love this holiday even more. It’s a very easy meal to make too. A one pot meal. Easy clean up! Everyone loves a meal that doesn’t involve so many pots and pans. The less you have to clean the better! Make sure this St. Patrick’s Day you grab your corn beef from your grocery store ahead of time. You don’t want to wait until the last minute! Take it from this girl who used to be a cashier at the store… they go quickly!

Wearing my green, baking my bread and eating the corn beef and cabbage are the traditions that my family and I have together each St. Paddy’s Day. I’m not much of a drinker, but if you are I’m sure you’ll find yourself celebrating at a bar watching the beautiful Irish step dancers! Sounds like a lot of fun to me.

Let me know in the comments below what you do for Saint Patrick’s Day!

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